Beth Solomon, Founder

With journalism in her genes — her mother was a society reporter for the Cincinnati Enquirer and the Chicago Tribune; her aunt was Nina Hyde, the Washington Post Fashion Editor — Beth Solomon began her career as a radio reporter in East Africa for the Voice of America, Radio France, and Deutsche Welle. As a freelance producer for ABC News, she covered the fall of the Berlin Wall and the first democratic elections in Eastern Europe after the breakup of the Soviet Union.

When her parents asked her to come home to get a "real job," Beth returned to Washington and begged for a job as a receptionist at the Atlanta Constitution’s national bureau in D.C., where she began writing op-ed columns on politics. This led to a role as a speechwriter for U.S. Senator Sam Nunn (D-Georgia), serving on the staff of the Senate Armed Services Committee. Beth later co-founded Planet Vox, producing documentaries and media for public interest campaigns, going on to senior strategic communications roles at the National Association of Manufacturers, the International Franchise Association and the National Restaurant Association.

Along the way, Beth was recruited to be an executive headhunter with global search firm CTPartners, where she served for four years, and worked in Hollywood at talent agency William Morris Endeavor helping represent Stan Lee, Chuck Norris, Michael Moore and others. While in Los Angeles, she wrote a weekly column for the Santa Monica Daily Press. Eventually missing her home town of Washington, she headed east and founded The Georgetown Dish, a news and social media site. She was recruited to be CEO of the National Association of Development Companies, representing commercial real estate lenders, and from there was hired as a Vice President of U.S. Bank, the nation’s fifth-largest commercial bank.

She is now as Managing Director of Strategic Initiatives & Development at CARE International, the global humanitarian and development organization focused on women and girls. Beth graduated from Yale and did master’s coursework in Georgetown University’s National Security Studies program.